Le sampanier de la baie d'Along relève d'un bel effort poétique pour donner la parole aux populations du Vietnam, aux femmes annamites, entre la tradition des rites et des légendes Yvonne Schultz nous offre de très belles pages décrivant un typhon mémorable, évoquant la lèpre, le choléra et la lutte sans merci que se livrent deux frères pour l'amour de leur belle...
Une Indochine authentique, non considérée comme le théâtre exotique de l'homme blanc" ; il est question ici de la vie quotidienne du peuple des pêcheurs de la baie d'Along, de leurs traditions, leurs superstitions et leurs sentiments.
All income from the sale of this book will be donated to the RUHUNA SAILING ASSOCIATION in Weligama, Sri Lanka
My Chequered Life is an inspiring read for anyone interested in how to do business with honesty and without compromising one's integrity. A talented racing driver and competitive yachtsman, Jinasena combined ethics and enjoyment in his quest for a fulfilling life. It is a story worth reading that gives a commentary on society and reveals the dynamic and purpose of his personal journey. In this lively book which reveals his business secrets and his adventures, his successes and his obstacles, Nihal Jinasena gives us an enjoyable story, a worthwhile lesson and most importantly of all the message that you don't have to be corrupt in order to succeed!
Eldest son of a prominent family that has been a household name for four generations, Nihal Jinasena gives us an honest and candid look at his life from childhood to present day through the years spent in the UK for studies and work experience. In his usual fetching style, Jinasena who has a multi-faceted personality shares his love of sports, culture arts travel and business acumen.
An enchanted Firebird. A lost sister. And a brother who goes to bring her back.
Nalinika and Indrajit lived quiet little lives with their pets. Every evening, they would listen spellbound to Podihami weave tales of ogres, cobra kings, and a Firebird who enchants a princess. But one day, Nalinika disappears, and Indrajit is convinced she has been taken to the land of the Firebird, never to return.
Thus begins a one-thing-leads-to-another adventure of a lifetime and a desperate search for his sister, where Indrajit hopes that a miracle just might happen.
Brought to life with beautiful illustrations by Panchali Ellepola, The Firebird is a story of a brother's love that conquers all obstacles that cross his path.
"Entre ses rives couvertes de forêts millénaires, le fleuve immobile flamboie dans le soleil ardent de midi. L'homme fend la nappe de lumière d'une nage puissante qui découvre par instants la masse plus sombre de ses épaules nues. A quelques brasses à peine de lui, deux têtes de crocodile émergent, précédant la crête en dents de scie des dos que termine la queue flexible. Le corps reste invisible.
Le nageur n'a même pas un regard vers eux. Il sait combien peu dangereux, en pleine eau, est le crocodile, et qu'il faut à ses griffes, pour saisir la proie, l'appui des fonds vaseux de la rive..."
Après des études médicales à Paris, Bernard Menaut partit au Cambodge où il fit toute sa carrière ; médecin principal, chef du service de santé, il quitta ce pays en 1939. Il fut le médecin du roi Sisowath et s'occupa de ses deux fils Monired et Monipong. Il parlait couramment cambodgien. Il nous a laissé cette fresque imaginaire, étonnante de la vie à l'époque de l'apogée de la capitale d'Angkor, la cour, les palais, les intrigues...
Jaffna Boy is the engaging true story of a young boy's life at a Sri Lankan boarding school in the 1970s, as recalled during one fateful train ride - and the advice from an unexpected source that would change the course of his life forever.
THE MYSTICAL EXPLORER WINS is a book of spiritual awakening.
Born after many years of deep study and daily application, the author Anne de Costa made a conscious decision to change her life by practicing gratitude and forgiveness on a daily basis. By the powerful use of positive affirmations she shows one how to change thinking and speech patterns, bringing about a change of consciousness. This book comes into your hands for you to be able to connect with the spirit within and unlock the spirit of opulence.
Cet ouvrage est né de la rencontre de deux femmes : une sage-femme birmane traditionnelle âgée, et une Française alors jeune, désireuse de découvrir la façon dont la première exerçait son métier. Au fil des mois, une relation profonde se noue, non dénuée de tensions et de contradictions. Il en a résulté ces récits d'instants de leur amitié, puis instants de vie que la vieille dame considérait comme les plus importants pour elle.
The controversial Professor of Mathematics, scholar and lawyer from Vavuniya – C. Suntharalingam, was a member of independent Ceylon's first cabinet of Ministers alongside D.S Senanayake, S.W.R.D Bandaranaike, J.R Jayewardene, J.L Kotelawala, Sir Oliver Goonetilleke, T.B Jayah, Dudley Senanayake etc. Resigning from his Ministerial post in an era of rising communal tension, he composed open letters to his grandchildren, venting his disenchantment, and decrying the direction that Ceylon's newly gained independence was taking under the stewardship of her elected officials. These letters, serialised in newspapers over fifty years ago, present an insight into a version of events that contributed to our turbulent, recent history.
Entrenched in a culturally prestigious past from where the religious and cultural traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism have entwined, the healing rites of Sri Lanka find their most brilliant expression in the exorcisms known as Yak Tovil, which are practiced on the south and south west coast of the island. This book of which the photos were taken at a time which now considered the golden age of modern Tovil, was born from a meeting between an Australian anthropologist and a French photographer-journalist.
Uh-oh, here comes trouble in all its shapes and forms.
First, there is the scarecrow who wants to see the world and finds more than he bargained for. Then, there is Frederico who is crazy about cricket but has a small problem to solve before he can play. What about Minnie who dreams of being a spy? And I can't even tell you enough about the blue stone should you find it, or the Blink Fairy or the Chena Cultivator. Oh dear! Don't get me started.
"There will be no going back, perhaps no going forward. Nothing will ever be the same, each relationship will have to be re-made. It is death- no reason, no compassion, no art."
In his second book, Sam Bunny bravely engages with the problems of asylum-seekers in Australia and compels readers to empathise wholeheartedly with their 'othered' existence. Could the plight of the inhabitants of The Lot be fictitious after all?
SET is an indispensable tool for anyone wishing to gain a basic knowledge of simple colloquial Sinhala and/or Tamil. It is both an informative introduction to Sri Lanka's three languages, and an invaluable reference work for the elementary learner.
SET introduces a simple colloquial form of Sinhala and Tamil in a practical and user-friendly format. Sinhala and Tamil scripts are included, alongside a unique phonetic system designed to make the pronunciation of both languages as clear as possible. Supplementary notes provide further information on areas such as foods, festivals and family relationships. Usage notes explain grammar points such as noun endings, pronouns, forming questions and negatives, etc. And verb tables at the end of the book list the different forms of 100 common Sinhala and Tamil verbs.
Further information, together with sample pages from the book, can be found on the website www.mirisgala.net
Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with young aid workers, and she soon enters a world that is nothing like what she has known.
Post-tsunami Banda Aceh is a unique bubble where everyday experiences like house hunting or going to a coffee shop are wracked with complications and a work trip can end up at a football game played by elephants.
While Angela rapidly becomes disillusioned with the NGO life, she has to cope with falling in love in a region where men and women are traditionally segregated. Soon Angela finds herself wondering if she will have to choose between love and work.
Packs of flashcards showing the letters of the Sinhala and Tamil alphabets, beautifully illustrated with watercolour paintings by Lynda Gill.
The Sinhala set consists of 40 cards, the Tamil set 35. The front of each card shows one Sinhala/Tamil letter, together with an illustration of a related word; the back shows the letter again, together with the example word, written three times: in Sinhala/Tamil script, in phonetic transcription, and in English. In each case, the target letter is highlighted in red in Sinhala/Tamil script, and so is the corresponding letter/syllable in the phonetic transcription. Thus each card enables the learner not only to learn a Sinhala/Tamil letter (and see how it is used in the context of a word), but also to learn a new word, what it means, how to pronounce it, and how to write it in Sinhala/Tamil script.
Further information, together with sample cards, can be found on the website www.mirisgala.net